France alert for nine potential rabies victims

1st September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 31 (AFP) - French health authorities on Tuesday were searching for nine people in the southwest of the country who came in contact with a dog found to be carrying rabies, warning they could be "in danger of dying".

PARIS, Aug 31 (AFP) - French health authorities on Tuesday were searching for nine people in the southwest of the country who came in contact with a dog found to be carrying rabies, warning they could be "in danger of dying".  

"We are really very worried," surgeon general William Dab told a press conference, urging the people in question to seek immediate medical assistance and adding that the alert was of an "unprecedented seriousness".  

The European Commission issued an EU-wide rabies alert Saturday after the rabid puppy was identified in southwest France, where hundreds of thousands of tourists have spent their summer holidays.  

The puppy, illegally imported from Morocco, was reportedly brought into France on July 11 by a resident of Bordeaux, officials said, and was infectious from August 2-21, when it died.  

Rabies - a fatal disease which attacks the nervous system and can paralyze the entire body - is transmitted to people by dogs, cats, livestock and certain wild animals and birds.  

Since 1977, 19 cases of human rabies have been reported in France. All of those infected contracted the disease abroad.

 

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